• Bring pain killers (Tylenol, Advil, etc.). This is a col between West Gunsight and Kings Peak where you can look back at the valley you climbed up. The first lake reached is Alligator Lake. Had a great hike to summit on October 8, 2020. Friday: Trailhead at 4:30 pm. When I did it in a day, I left the trailhead about 4AM, reaching the summit about 10AM, just as clouds were starting to build. The video starts with the mouse cursor at Henry's Fork trailhead. After the hike, I was diagnosed with tendonitis and a stress fracture in my left foot, thanks to the steep descent from the summit. It saves a fair amount of distance and elevation. Fill your bottle before leaving camp, put the electrolytes in it so you have a good amount before getting water higher up on the mountain. We did this over couple of days on Sep 26th and 27th 2020. You want them to be a minimum of 150 calories each. Just completed my second ascent of King's Peak (Labor Day 2013 / August 27, 2016). Hit maybe the last weekend (9/18/2020) of this year where the summit was free of snow. If you are a beginner I would not recommend this hike. This portion is off-trail and has a lot of boulder hopping to the summit which has a beautiful view. West Fork Blacks Fork Trail to Dead Horse Lake, Lower Red Castle Lake via East Fork Smiths Fork, Dead Horse Lake via East Fork Blacks Fork Trail, Lower Red Castle To Upper Red Castle Lake, Bear River-Smiths Fork Trail: Blacks Forks Section, Lambert Lake via East Fork Blacks Fork Trail, Red Castle Lake and King's Peak Loop from China Meadows. Its really easy until Gunsight, and not a challenge. Stay on the good road for 12.1 miles from WY-410 to a signed junction. Steady climb all the way up, with the last mile being the most strenuous. I hiked gunsight and then scrambled up the face to the base of Kings. I drank a Powerade and 2 bottles of water, and did not filter at all. Total hiking time was 9.5 hrs, and my total time (car to car) was 10.5 hrs. The trailhead is on the inside of a horseshoe bend, just past the turnout for Kings Canyon Overlook. Incredible Hike. It crosses a wide open flat before climbing and entering the forest. It could have easily been a day hike, but we think you can enjoy it more, if you do it in two days. Arrived middle of the night at the trailhead for an early AM start. You can also get a view to the Southeast into another valley. Trailhead to Elkhorn Crossing (~5.25 miles / about 2 hours) • Take at least a liter of water and bring a filter system (Lifestraw, Sawyer Squeeze [I like the Sawyer], etc). Here you’ll be treated to verdant alpine valleys, sparkling lakes, and a chance to summit Utah’s highest peak! It’ll make for a long 2nd day, but that’s better than a long first day, where you’re exhausted and more clumsy while summiting. The scenery is beautiful and there is wildlife everywhere. I started 2 hours before the sun rose, and the first portion of the hike is in good condition to complete in the dark (with the assistance of a headlamp or flashlight). Although there is a discernable trail to start the summit climb, it doesn't give you any hints. Headlamp w extra batteries and water filter are crucial. Kings Peak, looking like a shark's tooth, pokes its head above and between two unnamed summits in the basin's south wall. This is a stunning peak that requires a fair bit of effort to reach the summit of. Good trail, but lots of loose rock and gravel really requires solidi footwear. You can bypass Gunsight and the meadow by sliding down the chute at Anderson, although it is dangerous. At just over 12 miles turn onto Forest Road 17 and continue south 6.8 miles to Forest Road 077. 321 Highway 414 PO Box 129 The shortcut to the right of Gunsight is a great way to cut off mileage, and as long as you have strong limbs, you'll make it. I summited Kings Peak, the highest peak in Utah for the 15th time. It is in a little open faced case with a finger holder attached to the back to help with taking photos. Not too cold. Go straight up the bottom of the little ravine and you'll save 10 minutes. We started from the camp around 5:45pm and reached the trailhead at 9:45pm. My dad was with us, and created a delay. Kings Peak. You may want to try them out on a long training hike to see how your body handles. The other photo is the rocky scree slope you'll need to climb to ascend Kings Peak. Good conditions today snow was almost all gone. Get ready for a beautiful hike up a valley. Kings Peak is the highest point in Utah and in the Uintas mountain range, situated in the northeastern corner of the state, just south of Mountain View, Wyoming. And don’t skirt high and to the right, stay on the slightly lower ground to the left – fewer boulders, which are a pain. We arrived at the Henrys Fork campground which is the start of the trail head. This is a great campgroundwith access to great fishing, kayaking, and hikinghigh (9,420 feet in elevation) in the Uinta mountain range. Continue on 410 towards Robertson, WY for 6.7 miles to when the road turns west. It lies just east of the Continental Divide in a deep cirque at the head of a spectacular alpine valley highlighted by a network of streams, ponds and meadows.. Shortcut Apples are good, too. • Right after reaching Gunsight Pass, you’ll want to take the shortcut. Superb hiking and mountain climbing. This is located in the Saguaro National Park - West Unit. Although the climb to the top of Kings Peak is very strenuous it is not technically difficult, and about the only requisite for the trip is good physical … By. Take a lifestraw to enjoy all the mountain streams. There are a couple of decent campsites along the trail before Elkhorn Crossing, but from the crossing up, the camping gets much better (and more crowded). Kings Peak is part of the "Circle of Friends" program. At the top of the pass, before dropping down from the pass south into Painter Basin, a shortcut trail leaves on the right and more directly crosses to Anderson Pass. The trailhead starts at the Henry's Fork Campground. After taking a few pictures they darted into the trees… Weather was great and peak is still free of snow. There was crazy wind bursts at the top so be careful not to be blown off. Trail Map | Photo Gallery. Most hikers camp at the lakes at the Upper end of Henrys Fork Basin. This is a incredibly long hike plan on doing it in 2 to three days. 414 turns west through the town and becomes route 410 at the west end of town. 1st day hike in to camp is 8-9 miles, with a modest 1500 elevation gain. This is a popular place to camp, however, and July through September in particular it can be f… That was a scramble itself as the trail quickly disappears and you boulder to the top. The regular route descends into Painter Basin, and crosses the basin. This challenging loop takes in both peaks, connecting them via the Wilson River Trail and trail connections on the back sides of both peaks that involve a couple of scramble sections. Instead, continue straight on county road 283, resetting your odometer. Then hike out. The scenery is second to none here. So grateful that people who love the outdoors are amazing people! In mid-Sept, during a warm spell, temps were in the 40s and 50s, with low 40s overnight. Immediately to the north and east of Lookout Peak is the glacially carved Kings Canyon. The Henrys Fork Campground marks the trailhead to the normal route to Kings Peak. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/king-peak-trail I wore a nylon long-sleeved shirt which worked great. This is an actual hike, and a banger one at that. From Anderson Pass This time our group consisted of three dads, our 12 year old sons and my King Charles Cavalier Spaniel - great hike. The winds at Anderson were reaching highs of 80 mph, and the air is very dry. Area Status: Closed Lookout Peak is on the border of Sequoia National Forest and Kings Canyon National Park. And that doesn’t count the 20 miles of driving down remote dirt roads in Wyoming to get to the trailhead. Jerky, granola bar, Stinger waffles, Gu, nuts, chocolate, gummi bears, fruit leather. We did this in June over 2 days. Sunday: Hike the 7.5 miles back to trailhead. • Make sure your bottle is full either right before coming up Gunsight Pass, or shortly after crossing the face – streams become far less frequent after that. Use your trekking pole(s) while training. Dollar Lake is an easy 2.5 or so miles above Elkhorn Crossing. You can shave off another 15 minutes or so by scrambling and boulder hopping below Gunsight Pass rather than taking the switchbacks. Even if you don’t feel pain, take some before hiking and at various intervals. There may be a sign in register. Parking for 50 vehicles, Toilets, campsites, corrals, and stock ramp. • Pack light, but don’t skimp. Try to minimize impacts. This made the hike SOOO much less painful. Because it is the Utah highpoint, it is also very heavily used. Great trail, great view, be very careful when climbing to the peak, everyone has only one life. If you do multiple days, don’t camp at dollar lake, it’s too crowded. As the highest summit in the state, 13,528-foot Kings Peak is affectionately known as the Ceiling of Utah (although prior to satellite measurement in 1966 the highest summit was thought to be South Kings Peak, the summit of which sits at a mere 13,512 feet of elevation). Possessing the 19th-highest topographic prominence in the contiguous U.S. at 6,348 feet, Kings is also one Stay lower out of the rock field and cross to the south west, contouring over and re-joining the main trail below Anderson Pass. Lookout Peak Trailhead. North Slide Peak Trailhead, 7.5 miles, 1 hour Kinsey Ridge Trailhead, 10 miles, 1 hour 15 minutes Spanish Ridge Trailhead, 12.3 miles, 1 hour 30 minutes. The peak is named for Clarence King, the first director of the United States Geological Survey, who had done surveys in the area. We set up camp here for the night and then ascended up Gunsight Pass in the morning. You've reached the top of the col. Head around West Gunsight Peak and then up the summit ridge to the top of Kings Peak. Just skirt around the bottom of it for a mile or so until you reach Anderson’s pass and the base of King’s Peak. At 13,528, is the highest peak in Utah, the highest peak in the Uinta Mountains, and the highest point in Duchesne County. 26.5 miles. • If you’re doing a 2-day hike, summit on the 2nd day, after you’ve acclimated to the altitude. Awesome hike !! Near the peak, temps dropped to high 30’s with rain. 9400 feet elev.) Henry's Fork Trailhead Directions (These can be tricky - use my track as a destination): • Bring at least 10 different high-energy “snacks” of different types. The campground offers restrooms, horse corals and plenty of parking to accommodate all the hikers. I kept one snack in my pocket, while hiking, so I could eat any time. It is located just under 3 miles from the trailhead, making it a potential first and last-night base camp if backpackers are willing to push it. 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